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Sony Confirms Closure Of 'Important' Wipeout Dev Studio Liverpool

Tom Hopkins


Sony has confimed the closure of WipeOut studio Sony Liverpool.

Published on Aug 22, 2012

Sony Liverpool, creator and developer of the Wipeout franchise, has been closed with all ongoing projects cancelled, Sony has revealed

A thread on Grcade (via NeoGaf) first reported the closure, which was followed by a tweet from Studio Liverpool developer Sand Lobban which simply reads:

"End of an era today for Studio Liverpool. Honoured to have been a part of it."

Studio Liverpool began life as Psygnosis back in 1984, before being acquired by SOny in 1993 and becoming SCE Studio Liverpool in 2001.

The studio was most recently best known for its work on the WipeOut franchise including most recent release WipeOut 2048 for PS Vita.

It's unclear what's led to the closure - at the time of writing the studio still had multiple vacancies available - we've contacted Sony for comment.

[Update]
Sony sent over the following statement:

"As part of SCE Worldwide Studios, we do regular reviews to ensure that the resources we have can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects in an increasingly competitive market place. As part of this process, we have reviewed and assessed all current and planned projects for the short and medium term and have decided to make some changes to our European Studios.

It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should be closed.  Liverpool Studio has been an important part of SCE Worldwide Studios since the outset of PlayStation, and have contributed greatly to PlayStation over the years. Everyone connected with Liverpool Studio, past and present, can be very proud of their achievements. 

"However, it was felt that by focusing our investment plans on other Studios that are currently working on exciting new projects, we would be in a stronger position to offer the best possible content for our consumers.


"Our Liverpool Facility will continue to operate, housing a number of other vital WWSE and SCEE Departments."


Sony will continue to house various departments (FQA, GFPQA, XDev, CSG-Video, Localisation services, WWSE Finance) at its Liverpool campus.

 

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